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Emmanuel Macron, January 16, 2024, during his press conference at the Elysée.

In entrance of an nearly whole authorities crew and quite a few journalists gathered within the Elysée celebration room, the President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, made quite a few bulletins, Tuesday January 16 within the night, in the course of the two hours and twenty minutes of ‘a press convention broadcast on tv, to vow “a fairer and stronger France”.

Every week after the appointment of a brand new authorities, the top of state wished to set his course, “say the deep meaning” of his motion, earlier than the Prime Minister, Gabriel Attal, particulars his roadmap, on January 30, earlier than Parliament, throughout his common coverage speech.

Emmanuel Macron urged his troops to “dare what we no longer even dare to think”with out “be afraid of raising certain discontent”. ” I am convinced “ that “our children will live better tomorrow than we live today”he assured.

Here are the totally different factors addressed by the Head of State.

Education and youth

Emmanuel Macron started his press convention by asserting that he meant to manage the usage of screens “for our children”on the premise of a report of consultants that he lately introduced collectively, not excluding that there are “bans” and “restrictions”.

He additionally introduced a collection of measures on schooling, corresponding to doubling the educating of civic schooling from the fifth grade and experimenting with single outfits. Around 100 voluntary faculties might be affected this 12 months, earlier than a generalization in 2026 if the outcomes are conclusive.

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Emmanuel Macron additionally mentioned “completely in favor of studying The Marseillaise at major “. He also spoke out for more cultural and artistic education, with an emphasis on theater, and for the reinstatement of graduation ceremonies “from this year” to college. In high school, universal national service in second grade should be generalized.

In the midst of controversy over the comments of its new minister of national education, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, on “packages of hours not seriously replaced” in the public, the head of state assured that his government would “continue to attack with strength” during non-replaced hours at school.


Ten operations “clean place” will be carried out every week against drug trafficking, “in all city categories”with the objective of restoring “order”. Emmanuel Macron also recalled his desire to “fight against incivility by doubling the police presence on our streets” and he said he wanted to fight against “radical Islam”evoking in particular the legislation which made it possible to put an end to “to the system of seconded imams” since 1er January of this year.

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The President of the Republic also delivered announcements aimed at boosting the birth rate. A new “birth leave”, “better paid and which will allow both parents to be with their child for six months” will be created, replacing parental leave.

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Emmanuel Macron also revealed the launch of a “big plan” against infertility, which was expected and provided for by the bioethics law of 2021.

Purchasing power

The Head of State asked his government for measures to “earn a better living through work”but also mentioned negotiations in certain branches “so that the salary dynamic matches the efforts. » He also wanted civil servants to be paid more “on merit”.


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Emmanuel Macron also announced that the tax cut of 2 billion euros that he plans for the middle classes would take place from 2025. He also affirmed that the price of electricity would “return to the norm”while ensuring that it would remain “substantially lower” to what is paid by the consumer in our European neighbors.


For “put an end to the scandal of medical deserts”the President of the Republic requested the regularization of “number of foreign doctors”. On the other hand, he declared himself opposed to the regulation of the installation of practitioners, believing that ” the constraint ” was not ” the great resolution “.

Emmanuel Macron also defended a doubling of medical deductibles, from 50 euro cents to 1 euro, judging that this increase in the remainder was a “good measure” of accountability of social security holders.


The tenant of the Elysée will announce “from the summer the main axes for the next eight” EPR – new generation reactors –, as part of the relaunch of nuclear power, after the launch of six new EPRs.

The National Rally

While the National Rally dominates the polls six months before the European elections – they will be held in June – Emmanuel Macron accused the movement of Marine Le Pen, chaired by Jordan Bardella, of being the “party of collective impoverishment” And “a lie”also calling for “tackle what makes people vote for them”.

“Fighting against illegal immigration is, I think, one of the responses to the National Rally”assured the President of the Republic, also highlighting the fight against “mass unemployment” and calling for remedying the “feeling of dispossession” what the French may feel.

The Oudéa-Castera affair and the arrival of Rachida Dati in government

The head of state responded to criticism of his new ministers. He notably defended Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, who had “reason to apologize” of his “awkward remarks” regarding the private schooling of his children. The president rejected everything ” battle “ between private school and public school. Concerning the schooling of children, “we don’t judge people on their individual choices”he said.

The Prime Minister, Gabriel Attal, with in the background the Minister of National Education, Amélie Oudéa-Castera (left) and the Minister of Culture, Rachida Dati (right), during Emmanuel's press conference Macron, January 16, 2024, at the Elysée, in Paris.

He also defended the appointment to the ministry of culture of Rachida Dati, from the right, welcoming “his energy, his talent, his freedom”, despite his indictment in an alleged corruption case in the Carlos Ghosn affair. “There are no rules which mean that an indicted minister should leave the government,” assured Emmanuel Macron, believing that “justice must do its work with serenity”.

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The head of state assured that he had not spoken about the next municipal elections in Paris with Rachida Dati.

Gérard Depardieu

Emmanuel Macron claimed not to have ” no regrets “ for having defended the presumption of innocence of Gérard Depardieu, indicted for rape and targeted by several complaints, while regretting not “not having said enough about the importance of women’s voices” victims of violence “is important”.

The Israel-Hamas war

Emmanuel Macron also addressed international issues, believing that Israel’s pursuit of insufficiently targeted operations in Gaza constituted “a long-term safety risk” from the country. “We will continue diplomatic initiatives, resolutions, discussions to call a ceasefire and I will continue bilateral contact to try to obtain it in a very concrete way”he clarified.

The President of the Republic also announced that Paris had “decided not to join” to the strikes of the American-British coalition against the Houthis in Yemen a “to avoid any escalation”.

In addition, Emmanuel Macron announced the organization, on February 7, of a tribute to the victims of the attack by the Palestinian movement Hamas in Israel, perpetrated on October 7, 2023, recalling that France had “lost 41 of his children” in this unprecedented assault, and that she had “three more hostages” in the Gaza Strip.

The war in Ukraine

Finally, the head of state said he would go ” in February “ in Ukraine and that France was going to deliver to this country forty new long-range Scalp missiles and “hundreds of bombs” to continue to resist Russian attacks.

France and the European Union “will have to make new decisions in the coming weeks and months, precisely so as not to let Russia win”he added. “The very security of Europe and the entire Russian neighborhood would be called into question”warned Emmanuel Macron.

The World with AFP